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How to Get Music from the Google Play Store for an Android Phone

It’s possible to get your music from the same source where you get apps for your Android phone — the Google Play Store. The music you buy at the Play Store isn’t downloaded to your phone. It shows up, [more…]

How to Organize Music on an Android Phone

The Play Music app on your Android categorizes your music by album, artist, song, and so forth, but unless you have only one album and enjoy all the songs on it, that configuration probably won’t do. To [more…]

How to Listen to the Radio on an Android Phone

Although they’re not broadcast radio stations, some sources on the Internet —Internet radio sites — play music. Lamentably, your Android phone doesn’t come with any Internet radio apps, but that doesn’t [more…]

Basics of the Alarm Clock on an Android Phone

Your Android phone keeps constant and accurate track of the time, which is displayed at the top of the Home screen and also when you unlock the phone. When you’d rather have the phone wake you up, you [more…]

How to Watch Movies on an Android Phone

It’s not possible to watch “real” TV on your Android phone, but a few apps come close. The YouTube app is handy for watching random, meaningless drivel, which makes it a lot like TV. Then there’s the Play [more…]

Getting Apps for Android Phones from the Google Play Store

Most apps for your Android phone are available for free in the Google Play Store. Even the apps you pay for don’t cost dearly. In fact, it seems odd to sit and stew over whether paying 99 cents for a game [more…]

How to Install Android Apps from a Computer

You don’t need to use the Play Store app on your Android phone to install apps. Using a computer, you can visit the Google Play website, choose an app, and have it installed remotely. It’s kind of cool [more…]

How to Manage Apps on an Android Phone

The apps you install on your Android phone originate from the Play Store. And that’s where you can return to for app management. The task includes reviewing apps you’ve downloaded, updating apps, and removing [more…]

How to Create a Mobile Hotspot with an Android Phone

The mobile hotspot feature allows your Android phone to share its cellular data connection by creating a Wi-Fi network. Other Wi-Fi devices — computers, laptops, other mobile devices — can then access [more…]

How to Access Stored Files on an Android Phone

Somewhere deep in your Android phone’s bosom lies a storage device. It’s like the hard drive in a computer: The thing can’t be removed, but that’s not the point. The point is that the storage is used for [more…]

How to Avoid Android Viruses

How can you tell which apps for your Android phone are legitimate and which might be viruses or evil apps that do odd things to your phone? Well, you can’t. In fact, most people can’t because most evil [more…]

How to Access the Google Play Store

The Google Play Store is one of the things that make owning an Android phone rewarding. You can visit the Play Store not only to obtain more apps for your phone but also to go shopping for music, books [more…]

How to Read Books on an Android Phone

Your Android phone comes with Google’s own e-book reader app. It has the clever name Play Books, and it can be found in the apps drawer or perhaps on the phone’s Home screen. [more…]

How to Add Apps to the Android Phone Home Screen

You need not live with the unbearable proposition that you’re stuck with only the apps that come preset on your Android’s Home screen. Nope — you’re free to add your own apps. Just follow these steps: [more…]

How to Add Widgets to the Android Phone Home Screen

The Home screen of your Android is the place where you can find widgets, or tiny, interactive information windows. A widget often provides a gateway to another app or displays information such as status [more…]

How to Move Home Screen Panels on an Android Phone

The number of pages on the Android Home screen isn’t fixed. You can add pages. You can remove pages. You can even rearrange pages. These features might not be available to all Android phones and, sadly [more…]

Android Phone Locks

Your Android phone comes with a lock, the simple touchscreen gizmo you slide to unlock the phone and gain access to its information and features. For most folks, this lock is secure enough. For others, [more…]

How to Choose Default Apps for Your Android Phone

Every so often, you may see the Complete Action Using prompt on your Android phone. It is similar to the one shown in the following figure. [more…]

How to Avoid Data Overages on Your Android Phone

An important issue for everyone using an Android phone is whether you’re about to burst through your monthly data quota. Mobile data surcharges can pinch the wallet, but your Android phone has a handy [more…]

How to Add Lock Screen Widgets to Your Android Phone

Just as you can adorn the Android Home screen with widgets, you can also slap down a few right on the lock screen. In fact, the time display on your phone’s lock screen is most likely a widget. [more…]

How to Add a Word to an Android Phone Dictionary

Betcha didn’t know that your Android phone sports a dictionary. The dictionary is used to keep track of words you type — words that it may not recognize as being spelled properly. [more…]

How to Quickly Switch Apps on Your Android Phone

Android apps don’t quit. Sure, some of them have a Quit or Sign Out command, but most apps lurk inside the phone’s memory while you do other things. The Android operating system may eventually kill off [more…]

Your Android Phone’s Daydreaming Function

Does your Android phone lock or does it fall asleep? If the phone sleeps, that begs the question of whether or not it dreams. Of course it does! You can even see the dreams, providing you activate the [more…]

How to Find Your Lost Android Phone

Someday, you may lose your beloved Android phone. It might be for a few panic-filled seconds, or it might be for forever. The hardware solution is to weld a heavy object to the phone, such as an anvil [more…]

How to Force Close an App on an Android Phone

Sometimes, apps on your Android phone misbehave and let you know. You see a warning on the screen announcing the app’s stubborn disposition. Touch the Force Close button to shut down the errant app. [more…]


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